Equality Impact Assessment
Experts in equality impact assessment since 1992
Delivering public services that offer equality of access requires complex decision-making. Organisations face the dual challenge of reduced budgets and the need to serve increasingly diverse communities. In this context, changes to service provision need to be expertly assessed for their impact on different groups.
We work with organisations to embed equality, diversity and inclusion best practice into their service delivery. This ensures they can meet their requirements under UK legislation, including the Equality Act 2010, as well as client contracts and service level agreements.
Impact assessment, training, guidance – a complete Equality Impact Assessment service
Our Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) services include:
- Producing an Equality Impact Assessment template
- Advising on process, policies and procedures
- Conducting an EIA on your behalf
- Giving practical guidance on completing a Cumulative EIA
- Training your staff in undertaking their own EIA
- Guidance for your suppliers on conducting an EIA.
Equality Impact Assessment training workshops for your staff
Our EIA training courses can be delivered face-to-face or via our elearning platform. In organisations where a large number of impact assessments are needed, we can train your in-house learning and development teams in EIA, backed up by our bespoke training toolkits. Your staff will then be able to cascade their learning throughout the business.
Over 25 years of expertise in equality impact assessment and analysis
We have carried out complex data reviews, equality impact assessments and action planning across the health sector and also in transport, local authorities and trade unions.
Our public consultation for Serco into socio-economic barriers to local communities using the Docklands Light Railway was especially ground-breaking. We have also completed an EIA for Transport for London on the sharing of Greenways by disabled and non-disabled users. Recently we worked with JC Decaux – the world’s largest outdoor advertising company – to embed EIA best practice across their UK operations, enabling them to deliver world-class contracts for their public sector clients.
What is the purpose of an Equality Impact Assessment?
Equality Impact Assessments are designed to help public companies meet their due regard under the Equality Act 2010, and identify steps they can take to promote diversity.
The process should entail a systematic impact assessment of the likely (or actual) effects of company policies relating to the nine protected characteristics.